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Oracle Big Data Machine Goes Live with Cloudera's Hadoop

Big Data startup Cloudera is getting a big vote of confidence from Oracle. Oracle today announced the availability of the Oracle Big Data Appliance, including Cloudera's distribution of Hadoop (CDH).

Oracle first announced the Big Data engineered system at its OpenWorld conference in October of 2011. At that time, Oracle did not reveal how they would be delivering Hadoop, which is an open source Apache project. Oracle could have chosen to go it alone, or they could have partnered with any one of a number of different Hadoop-based distributions.

"We have been talking to Cloudera for a while, trying to iron out all the details," Cetin Ozbutun, VP of Data Warehousing Technologies at Oracle, told InternetNews.com.

Ozbutun added that the formal deal with Cloudera did not occur at the time of the OpenWorld announcement.  Cloudera, a startup founded by Christophe Bisciglia in 2008, had previously been managing Google's Hadoop cluster. Cloudera has emerged as one of the leading Big Data vendors of Hadoop, raising millions in venture capital.

Neither Oracle nor Cloudera commented to InternetNews.com about the precise financial arrangement of the new partnership, although Kirk Dunn, COO of Cloudera, said there is a partnership between the product groups. Oracle's Ozbutun noted that customers will acquire a single product with customer support from Oracle. He added that Oracle in turn has a deal with Cloudera to assist with support when needed.

As to why Oracle chose Cloudera, Ozbutun said, "Leaders like to work with leaders and Cloudera is a leader in Hadoop."

Read the full story at EnterpriseAppsToday:
Oracle's Big Data Powered by Cloudera's Hadoop

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist